Ep. 51 – The Disaster Artist & Wonder

Ep. 51 – The Disaster Artist & Wonder

In this episode, Joel & Matt provide their reviews for the films The Disaster Artist & Wonder.

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“Tube Talk” – The Good Place, BoJack Horseman, & Narcos (S2)

In this episode, Matt & Joel discuss the shows The Good Place, the Netflix original show BoJack Horseman, & Narcos (Season 2).

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

I’m not sure if it is what they intended, but the animated film “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” can easily be considered a “must-see” summer film for children under the age of 5.

Other filmgoers will, in general, likely find the 1.5hr film to be filled with flat, obvious puns and jokes, bland voice acting, and plot developments that go about as deep as you’d expect from a kids/family film about furry animals trying to find food and a home.

The rag-tag team of animals, led by a slightly surly at best, cocksure squirrel named Surly (Will Arnett), are in danger of being homeless after the loss of their current home, a nut shop. In their efforts to find a new hogar dulce hogar at the nearby city park, they come into conflict with the cities evil, self-serving, ham-it-up-for-the-camera mayor (Bobby Moynihan), complete with Texan accent.

The mayor plans to build a shoddy amusement park over the park for the sake of adding to his already significant coffers, while the animals must build their resolve enough to be led by Surly to stand up for themselves and stop him.

At one or two points, the plot attempts to introduce the concept of getting in touch with ones “animal instincts,” but this is quickly dismissed in lieu of time for inserting bland and needless buffoonery.

Additionally, the romantic sub-plots in the film – one between Surly and Andie (Katherine Heigl), the moralizing, voice of reason squirrel just waiting to learn to loosen up, and Frank (Bobby Cannavale), a dimwitted French bulldog who falls in love with the precocious pug Precious (Maya Rudolph) – felt like they could have aided in fleshing out the story and adding a bit of thematic depth, but were unfortunately wasted and served only very minor importance.

Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan), the leader of a Chinatown mice gang, also felt like a potential highlight, but ended up being wasted due to limited screen time.

The animation, generally something that even the worst reviewed, major studio animated film releases seem to be doing at least well with (e.g., “The Boss Baby,” “Smurfs: The Lost Village”) also felt overly simplistic and as though the characters were sometimes lacking in proper CGI physics. This despite the over-the-top, slapstick style.

Additionally, “The Nut Job 2” could have used a giant pacing shift into a slightly lower gear to slow things down, and one talented joke writer (instead of the 5 lesser so it had) to provide fresh, and more and less nutty (less flat, fewer puns, pun intended) humor.

Director Cal Brunker (previously a storyboard artist for “Despicable Me”), does not bring anything near the enjoyment, sincerity, or the warmth of that film to this effort, and the score by Heitor Pereira, felt bland, repetitious, and unsupportive to the tone and pacing of the film.

This film could maybe not have been beloved, but potentially have been a fun, silly romp to take the kids to and zone out during. Unfortunately, it ended up feeling much more like the feature film version of the romantic regurgitation technique employed by the dogs towards each other.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” – D+/68

Joel Cunningham
Co-Host of The Reel Review

Director: Cal Brunker
Stars: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, Isabela Moner
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 31m
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy,Family

Correction: August 20, 2017
Composer for this film has been updated to Heitor Pereira. Ella Louise Allaire was originally listed in error.

Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, & Annabelle: Creation, Game of Thrones, & Master of None (Part 2)

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In this episode, Matt & Joel provide reviews for the films The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, & Annabelle: Creation.

Then, in the “Tube Talk” portion, Matt and Joel discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E5), and Joel provides his final thoughts on season 2 of the Netflix original series, Master of None.

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Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, & To the Bone, Game of Thrones, & Ozark (Part 2), & Rick & Morty

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In this episode, Joel & Matt discuss their thoughts and provide reviews for the films Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, & To the Bone.

Then, in the “Tube Talk” portion, Joel and Matt discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E3). Then Joel provides his final thoughts on the Netflix original series, Ozark, and gives a brief rundown for the much anticipated season 3 of the Cartoon Network show, Rick & Morty.

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Movie Reviews & “Tube Talk” – Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Game of Thrones, & Ozark

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In this episode, Joel & Matt discuss their thoughts and provide reviews for the films Dunkirk & Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Then, in the “Tube Talk” portion, Joel and Matt discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones (S7E2) and Joel provides his initial thoughts on the new Netflix original series, Ozark.

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Movie Reviews – Transformers: The Last Knight, & All Eyez On Me

Movie Reviews – Transformers: The Last Knight, & All Eyez On Me

In this film review episode, Matt & Joel discuss their thoughts and provide reviews for the films Transformers: The Last Knight, & All Eyez On Me.

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Movie Reviews – Cars 3, 47 Meters Down, & The Book of Henry

Movie Reviews – Cars 3, 47 Meters Down, & The Book of Henry

In this film review episode, Matt & Joel discuss their thoughts and provide reviews for the films Cars 3, 47 Meters Down, & The Book of Henry.

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“Tube Talk” – Prison Break, The Americans, House of Cards, & Upcoming Fall 2017-2018 TV Shows (Part 4)

“Tube Talk” – Prison Break, The Americans, House of Cards, & Upcoming Fall 2017-2018 TV Shows (Part 4)

In this “Tube Talk” episode, Matt discusses his final thoughts on Prison Break season 5 and a new show for him, The Americans. Then Joel discusses one of his favorite shows, House of Cards, and where he is at with the series.

Afterward, Joel & Matt discuss some of the new TV shows coming out on The CW during Part 4 of their breakdown of the 2017-2018 Fall TV Schedule.

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